UN GATE, July 1 – The United Nations claims to have a zero tolerance for sexual exploitation by its staff and peacekeepers, but routinely covers up their abuses including the rape of children, withholding basic information which was provided to the Press under Ban Ki-moon but not now under Antonio Guterres.
Inner City Press, which Guterres has banned from the UN for 724 days as it asks about these and his abuses, on June 23 received from outraged UN whistleblowers video of sexual exploitation, they said, in a white UN-marked vehicle, here. Now Instagram, Facebook.
On July 1 at noon, Guterres' UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he would release the results of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) investigation in the afternoon. By midnight it had not happened.
Now Inner City Press exclusively published audio of OIOS' Ben Swanson saying that one of Guterres' Assistant Secretaries General thrust his hand down the pants of a female staffer - and Guterres, "a politician," said to cover it up. Audio here, transcribed here:
"I was summoned to a meeting in the SGS conference room in February (2018) where the SG, DSG, Legal Counsel and of all the special advisors and all that were there. The SG is a politician and he wanted a sound byte result and the soundbite result was that paragraph which I showed you before. I tried to make the point that there's three overlapping things with this, there's the culture, the investigations and there's the accountability piece. Now, I was trying to tell him what actually apart from the numbers that's coming in, the investigations piece is already, we're OK because we know what we're doing and we're able to do the investigations. It's just with the increase in demand and I said the accountability is a problem because of whatever the tribunals are doing. And it's your culture's the problem. I said I said I had a D1 female D1 in my office last week. She in tears telling me about how an ASG put his hand inside her trousers and when she tried to discuss how to complain about it, she was told it wouldn't do her any good and he was a favored son. And you're a woman. So I tried to tell the story and I got (knock on table) I was cut there."
Guterres' OIOS investigations are a politicized scam. A fish rots from the head - Guterres covers up for his Assistant Secretary Generals grabbing crotches, and for whoring by UNTSO staff. Guterres should resign.
On July 1 AFP reported of the UNTSO video that "It was originally published on June 23 on the Twitter account of Inner City Press, a blog in open conflict with the UN, which has been denied access "for 721 days" , said its author Matthew Lee. The account claimed a few days later that this scene was filmed in Tel Aviv (Israel)." [Would they say that the Rappler is "in open conflict" with Duterte?]
The UN after Inner City Press' video went viral claimed they were quickly investigating; a French journalist even (falsely) reported that sanctions had already been announced.
But now, days after Inner City Press identified to the UN the nationality and then the names of the men in the vehicle, nothing. It is another cover up by Guterres, this time funded not only by taxpayers but also IKEA and Pierre Omidyar.
Early on June 29 Inner City Press has asked Guterres, Melissa Fleming, Stephane Dujarric and others: "Please confirm or deny that Michael Antoine, whose past promotions and transfers out of UNTSO including to the UN-OPCW mission in Syria Inner City Press has previously asked the UN spokesmen about without answer, is with UNTSO (and his role in this). Same question regarding Ray Milan. On deadline. Please immediately confirm receipt." No answer. Guterres' UN is corrupt, now using Omidyar and IKEA funds.
On June 28 Inner City Press asked Guterres, Melissa Fleming and UNTSO: "confirm or deny that Michael Antoine, whose past promotions and transfers out of UNTSO including to the UN-OPCW mission in Syria Inner City Press has previously asked the UN spokesmen about without answer, is with UNTSO (and his role in this). Same question regarding Ray Milan." No answer.
We now report - Milan is, as Inner City Press asked and reported, from Puerto Rico. And in the back, Michael Antoine has both Trinidadian and US citizenship - and quite a history. Inner City Press previously asked the UN about him (for example here). and his sponsor / Godfather Fadil Abdullah, since promoted out to UNICEF in Sudan. Inner City Press asked the UN about him, again, in 2019, here - no answer. UN cover ups.
Whistleblowers exclusively tell Inner City Press this is being covered up: Antoine is "protected." He is known in all the bars of Jerusalem. The military observers know him as the jackass. That is his nickname. Military observers were told not to place complaints about his antics, that nothing would be done. They would see his UN vehicle out late in the bars in Jerusalem. He would drive with Ray to Haifa Russian bars. Ray Milan and Antoine would also use prostitutes regularly. Senior management refuse to address the misdeeds of civilian staff. Antoine is part of culture of civilian UN staff who are undisciplined and there is no accountability. Antoine had many Palestinian girlfriends and this would also cause problems for UN. Guterres is to blame for this.
Inner City Press has been encouraged by UN staff to publish this now to try to ensure that Guterres doesn't once again cover up for a "whoremonger." They say Guterres should resign.
Inner City Press will continue to demand re-accreditation.